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I’ve been checking flights for a trip for my wife and a couple of my kids out to visit family in California

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Because it’s the summer season, I’ve been having a nearly impossible time finding 3 award tickets to travel most of the way across the country.  While I had great luck finding EIGHT tickets on Delta last May, this time, I was finding very few dates where there was any sort of saver availability.

Then I remembered to try Southwest.  It would be transferring my Chase points to Southwest which isn’t a super great use of Chase points, but, as I always say… the best use of your points is the one that gets you WHERE you want to go WHEN you want to go there.

Ridiculous Southwest routings

I did manage to find tickets for about 25,000 miles roundtrip, which is comparable to what I’d expect to pay on any of the legacy carriers for a domestic roundtrip.  I looked at cash tickets but a cross country ticket between 2 non-hubs was in the $500-$600 range on most airlines, and half of those were redeyes one direction or the other.

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But while I was searching, I found some pretty ridiculous routings that Southwest was publishing, and I want to know which you think is the worst

In case you were having trouble visualizing, that’s

Or do you prefer Option 2 (I suppose SLIGHTLY less ridiculous…) 😀

But still not one I’m super interested in flying, unless it were the good ol days when you earned points per flown mile! 🙂

Pictures courtesy of gcmap.com copyright Karl L Swartz

What do you think?  Which of these would you like to fly?  Got any other ridiculous Southwest routings?  Leave them in the comments

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